WHY YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NETWORK CONNECTIONS WILL REMAIN SLOW!

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Benjamin Duru  Benjamin Duru

One of the most frustrating experiences your organization can experience is slow network setup that will impede on your overall organizational performance.

A common reason which your technician might not tell you is the quality of Network cable you have in your setup.

There are 3 types of conductor materials used in making Network cables: Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat7.

However, if you have the following metal composition in your network cable, other dangers might be looming.

NETWORK CABLE: Conductor Material Options:

CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum)

CCS (Copper Clad Steel)

CU (Pure Copper)

DANGERS OF CCA NETWORK CABLE COMPARED TO PURE COPPER NETWORK CABLE

CCA network cable is not TIA and IEC compliant and violets Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat7 standard.

1. Higher attenuation (reduction in the strength of a signal); This results in a serious loss of data for your organization.

2. Slows network performances as a result of more data that is re-transmitted due to higher attenuation.

3. Not suitable for Power over Ethernet (PoE) as it reduces the level of power that can be transferred due to its over 60% direct current (DC) resistance which in effect increases the amount of energy transferred into heat.

4. Easily damaged and break when pulled and bend as it has a lower bend radius.

HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU ARE GETTING COPPER

Each of this conductor material determines the cost and performance of your network. But really, costs are not enough to know if you are being supplied CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum), CCS (Copper Clad Steel) or even CU (Pure Copper). You call still be sold CCA at the price of Pure Copper.  At a time, to determine if you have pure copper or just coated steel, by bringing a magnet near Copper Clad Steel magnetization occurs. However, that doesn’t happen with Aluminium.

Most Network cables in today’s market are CCA, which is of aluminum wire with a thin copper coating. Just scrape the center conductor, the gold copper will flake off and expose the aluminum silver core. The price for this network cable is much cheaper compared to the price of pure copper network cable.

Most of the network issues today are as a result of CCA cable used.

As it is said, Structured Cabling is not a child’s play. The little Naira change you make today buying CCA network cable does not worth the hit in network performance you face tomorrow.

SOLUTION: Always buy Pure Copper (CU) Network Cable for all your Network Structured Cabling, Connections and Configurations.

Copper thickness;

Cat5e 0.5mm

Cat6 0.56mm

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